Making a Border
Clive R. Haynes FRPS
Frequently a finished
image may be set off to better effect by surrounding it with a border.
|Note: Photoshop CS has some differences to earlier versions and these are shown as (CS) where appropriate.|
|Image with no Border|
|Image with Border added|
The important thing to remember is that every time you expand the canvas size the space outside the image will be automatically filled by the background colour - or the colour selected in the Canvas Size dialogue box (CS).
As an example we'll begin by working with a horizontal (landscape format) A4 size image to which we'll add a white pencil-line around the picture, surrounded by a blue border.
Ensure that the Foreground and Background colours to the base of the toolbox are set to Foreground, blue (or the colour of your choice) and Background, white.
the canvas area:
image now has a narrow white pencil line surrounding it.
the Background and Foreground colours by clicking on the double-ended curving
arrow to the top r.h. of the Foreground/Background colours icon (near base of
toolbox) or simply use the 'X' key on the keyboard - this changes or 'exchanges'
(X-changes) the f/g & b/g colours and is a useful shortcut.
Above: Picture with narrow white pencil thin border surrounded by wider blue border
Photoshop CS users please note that the CS Canvas Size dialogue box in enables more choices - you can choose whether to use Foreground, Background colours or a colour set by choice (Canvas Extension Colour > Other).
Above: Canvas Size dialogue box - Photoshop CS
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